Definition of pitiful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɪtɪfl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪtɪfl//
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  1. 1deserving pity or causing you to feel pity synonym pathetic The horse was a pitiful sight (= because it was very thin or sick).
  2. 2not deserving respect synonym poor a pitiful effort/excuse/performance
  3. Word Familypity noun verbpitiful adjectivepitiless adjectivepitiable adjectivepiteous adjective
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pitiful